Broken Axle Thwarts Doran Racing's Run Thursday Night at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 29 - A rare broken axle spoiled the chances of the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 in the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Series race Thursday...
Broken Axle Thwarts Doran Racing's Run Thursday Night at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 29 - A rare broken axle spoiled the chances of the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 in the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Series race Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway.
At one point Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif. was as high as third in the car, which carries the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS. At the end, however, he and co-driver Terry Borcheller of Vero Beach, Fla. ended up 25th in the Daytona Prototype class and 40th overall in the 70-lap/250-mile race on the 3.56-mile, 14-turn road course.
The race was broadcast live on SPEED.
The field was set by team points when communications between race control and course safety officials broke down right as the second practice session was to be held. The problem was fixed quickly, but the decision was made to start by points and change the qualifying session into a shortened practice session due to the day's packed schedule. That put Brix in the 13th spot for the start.
He ran in 14th, 15th and 16th at first. He had a close call on lap 11 when the No. 09 Pontiac of Doug Goad spun in front of him in the chicane and lost its nose. Brix had to get on the grass to miss that one, but he kept on going and by lap 30 he was 13th, trying to pass Guy Smith in the Howard-Boss No. 16 and stay ahead of David Donohue in the Red Bull/Brumos Porsche No. 58.
Around that point some of the leaders started to pit but Brix stayed out, advancing to third on lap 35. He was in fourth place and out of gas when he did pit on lap 37 for fuel, tires and for Borcheller to take over. The Doran Racing pit crew did its usual speedy job and quickly had Borcheller on his way.
Borcheller advanced from 13th to 11th on lap 44, but on lap 43 he radioed that he had heard a strange sound and had lost all the gears, and the entry retired due to a broken axle with 45 laps complete.
The team will try again at the next Rolex Series race July 30 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
The Krohn Racing No. 76 of Colin Braun and Jorg Bergmeister won.
Driver quotes follow:
"I heard a whining noise coming out of the horseshoe, and then it let go in the next turn.
"It's unfortunate. We could have had a good finish because a lot of other good cars had a problem tonight too."
"My stint was all about accident avoidance. The second wreck I avoided was the closest. That was when the 09 Crawford and the 12 car got together in the bus stop. That was a close call.
"I ran out of gas coming onto pit road.
"Hopefully we'll have better luck next time."